Manchester United protests: Why are Man Utd fans protesting?

Manchester United Fans Protest Against Glazer Family Ownership
Manchester United fans are set to protest against the Glazer family in the match against Liverpool (Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty)

Manchester United and Liverpool are set to renew their bitter rivalry on Monday night when the two giants meet at Old Trafford against the backdrop of planned protests by the home fans.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called for the winning points to be awarded to his team if the protests postpone the highly-anticipated Premier League match.

But why have Manchester United fans taken to this action?

Here is everything you need to know about the latest round of protests, amid fears of a repeat of the unsavoury scenes witnessed in this fixture last year.

What are Manchester United fans protesting about?

Fans are protesting their displeasure with the club’s ownership.

The Glazer family has been in full control of Manchester United since 2005, but poor performances on the pitch and a lack of leadership off it has caused a breakdown in the relationship between the owners and fans.

Manchester United fans protesting against the Glazer family
The Glazer family are deeply unpopular with Manchester United fans (Picture: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty)

United last won the Premier Lague trophy in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at the club in 2013, and despite a couple of second place finishes, have failed to come close to adding to their 20 league titles as well as regularly missing out on Champions League football.

The club have blown over a billion pounds in transfer fees since 2012, with the overwhelming majority of signings having been deemed a total disaster.

The Glazer family have taken £1.1billion out of the club in the last 17 years, which includes £743million in interest payments on the money they used to purchase the club in May 2005.

The Glazers have also paid themselves £133 million in dividends in the last ten years, which is the most of any owner in the Premier League during that period.

United have not had a net spend greater than the money brought into the club via its vast revenue streams in the past decade, despite the owners of arch-rivals Manchester City having plunged over £650 million of their own money into the club during the same period.

Old Trafford is in desperate need of refurbishment after years of minimal work, with the iconic stadium looking tired and lagging behind rivals in the standard of facilities offered to fans on a matchday.

The Glazers have also taken a distant approach to running the club, and are seldom seen at Old Trafford supporting the team.

Fans were encouraged when it was revealed earlier this week that the Glazers would be open to selling a small stake in the club, with Ineos CEO Jim Ratcliffe expressing his interest in taking a stake in the club.

United fans staged a protest against the Glazers before the club’s home fixture against Liverpool in May 2021, which was eventually abandoned after supporters stormed the pitch and caused damage to the stadium.

What have Manchester United fans got planned against Liverpool?

The Manchester United fan group ‘The 1958’ is calling on supporters to stage a mass walkout during Monday’s clash with Liverpool.

The group, whose name is a reference to the Munich air disaster of 1958, has already staged protests before two of United’s games this season, with banners displayed outside the director’s entrance at Old Trafford calling for the Glazers to quit the club.

The 1958 have publicised the walk-out with the #EmtyOldTrafford hashtag, which leads to the prospect of English football’s biggest match being played against the backdrop of thousands of empty seats in front of millions of watching fans around the world.

Other Manchester United fan groups have not yet publicly announced whether they will be supporting the planned walkout by The 1958.

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